BIO 169: Alien Semester Term Paper

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Introduction:

Your semester paper will be calculated into your final grade as a lecture exam grade. YOU CAN NOT DROP THE SEMESTER PAPER GRADE.

The paper MUST be submitted via the safeassign link in Blackboard and it must be in word document format. It will not be accepted if turned in any other way or if it is not in the correct format.

The safeassign link will check your paper for plagiarism. Any paper showing more than 25% plagiarism will be an automatic zero (this means even if you cite your sources, your writing must be in your own words).

. Your paper will be checked not only for content, but also for spelling and grammar.

Format:

Length: Minimum of eight pages typed, double-spaced with 1” margins. (This does not include title pages or works cited pages)

Font size: 12 pitch

Font: Use one of the following fonts—Times New Roman, Georgia, Arial, or Calibri.

Must include:

Name

Section

Citation format should be MLA or APA (Purdue Owl)

Content:

For your BIO 169 term paper, you are going to create your own alien organism. To begin your discussion, you may make up your own planet or pick one of the eight planets or Pluto of our solar system. As you describe your creation you must include the following:

  • You must describe the environment of the planet. This must include both organic (plant/animal life) and inorganic (terrain/climate/etc.) components.
  • Discuss five organ systems from BIO 168 and BIO 169. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences of these five systems in humans and your alien. Also, discuss the function of these organ systems and how they contribute to the survival of the alien in the environment.
  • Develop two novel organs not found in humans, describe the structure and function of each as well as how they contribute to the survival of the alien.
  • Please feel free to be as creative as possible. Make sure you cite your sources! You will have some, I know you have completed Bio 168 and are about to complete Bio 169 but we are not experts yet!
  • You must use a minimum of five sources in addition to your textbook. Remember to cite all sources and cite your textbook.

Rubric: The following Rubric will be used to grade this assignment

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Environment Description

Clear, accurate environment portrayed which included several organic and inorganic components to make the paper’s setting easier to visualize and/or understand.

Accurate environment portrayed which included very some organic and inorganic components. Overall still helped to create a setting .

Environment briefly portrayed with few organic and inorganic components. Some aspects of the setting are not completely visualized or understood.

Environment briefly portrayed no organic and inorganic components. Many aspects of the setting are not easy to visualize or understand.

Organ System Function

All materials and setup used in the experiment are clearly and accurately described.

Almost all materials and the setupu used in the experiment are clearly and accurately described.

Most of the materials and the setup used in the experiment are accurately described.

Many materials are described inaccurately OR are not described at all.

Organ System Function

Through function is given for the same 5 organ systems named and described

Through function is given for the same 4 organ systems named and described

Through function is given for the same 3 organ systems named and described

Through function is given for the same 2 organ systems named and described

New Organ Creations

2 new organs are named with through structure and function

2 new organs are named but missing through structure or function descriptions

1 new organ is named and/or missing through structure or function descriptions

No new organ(s) named

References

5 reputable background sources were used and cited correctly. Material is translated into student’s own words.

4 reputable background sources are used and cited correctly. Material is translated into student’s own words.

2-3 background sources are used and cited correctly, but some are not reputable sources. Material is translated into student’s own words.

1 or less sources used; Material is directly copied rather than put into students own words and/or background sources are cited incorrectly.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

One or fewer errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.

Two or three errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.

Four errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.

More than 4 errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar in the report.

Conceptual Knowledge

Report illustrates an accurate and thorough understanding of body systems chosen, their similarities, differences and overall understanding of their role in survival

Report illustrates an accurate understanding of most information regarding body systems chosen, their similarities, differences and overall understanding of their role in survival

Report illustrates a limited understanding of information regarding body systems chosen, their similarities, differences and overall understanding of their role in survival

Report illustrates inaccurate understanding of concepts included in paper

Safe Assign Percentage

0-20%

21-30%

31-40%

41% or above

Required Pages

8 or more fully written pages ( not including title page or reference page)

7- up to 8 fully written pages (not including title page or reference page)

6 up to 7 fully written pages (not including title page or reference page)

5 or less fully written pages (not including title page or reference page)

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